LCBO Sale Pick of the Week: Feb. 20
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Monte Antico 2009 (Tuscany, Italy)
Sale $14.45, Regular
Discount (until March 2): $1.50
LCBO (Vintages) #69377 | 750 mL bottle
Tastes like: Ripe plum, sour cherry and cranberry, a little sweet spice and warm, toasty oak.
Pairs with: Basic pasta and red sauce, eggplant parmigiana, any pizza, Thai noodles, steak frites.
Good for: Filling up your wine skin and strapping on the cross-country skis.
Drink this: Now.
Why we're drinking this
For one, we love screw cap wines. Easy to open, no pretensions, etc. The cap alone indicates a modern approach from an Old World region. This wine packs a lot of value—enough for international wine expert James Suckling to give it a solid 90 points. That might be a point or two high, but we agree that this is good stuff at a great price. And the label is nice, too.
This wine is designated IGT, which means Indicazione Geografica Tipica. This is a relatively modern quality mark that means the winemaker enjoys the freedom to make the wine as he pleases. This wine is a junior version of the Super Tuscan wines that put Tuscany on the map in the 1970s, when winemakers took to such non-Italian grapes as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. While it sports the characteristic qualities of the Italian Sangiovese grape—sour cherry, herbs, menthol, high acidity—it’s bolstered by 10 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 5 percent Merlot, which contribute ripe plum, bell pepper and a supple texture. The result is eminently enjoyable.
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This week's selection by wine writer and CityBites.ca Editor - Dick Snyder